Elizabethan Whovian Hat

It’s been a year since I started working on my Elizabethan Whovian costume. During that time I’ve worked on it on and off, but progress on it has been slow partly because I ran into more problems with the bodice of the dress, and partly because my day job has kept me very busy. Despite this, I was able to work on and off on the hat for the costume. I recently finished most of the hat, so here is how I made it!

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Making an 18th Century Bum Pad

After weeks of working on the Elizabethan Whovian costume, I began to have a sewing idea block. In order to keep myself sewing, I began to work on something I knew I’d need and is easy to sew. Since I needed to make a bum pad for a future 18th century costume, I decided to make that my next sewing project.

The pattern I used to make the bum roll is Simplicity’s pattern number 8162.

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Elizabethan Whovian- Dress Design and Fabric

It’s that time of the year when the Arizona Renaissance Festival reopens! Although I’m very excited about the fair, I had so much going on in my life these past few years that I was unable to go to the festival more than one day and I was unable to make or finish any costumes to wear to it. This year, I’m able to work on a costume, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go. Still, I’m going to try to make a new costume. Continue reading “Elizabethan Whovian- Dress Design and Fabric”

18th Century Hoop Pockets

Back in January, after my car accident (I didn’t want to mention I was in a car accident here on my blog until I got everything settled. Since it’s settled, I can now mention it.) I was still shaken up and needed something to get my mind off worrying about my car. I needed to make a pair of 18th century hoop pockets for dresses I wanted to make in the future, so I decided to make that.

The hoop pockets were made using J. P. Ryan’s pattern for hoop pockets. Although the instructions are good, I misplaced them while working on the hoops. I ended up making the hoops without the instructions, but when I found the instructions I realized I did some things wrong. Unfortunately, I finished the hoop pockets before I found the instructions so I had to rip the pockets apart to fix them. I think there are still things I did wrong, but I did my best.

Here’s what the hoop pockets look like on my dress form…

hoop pockets

The tie is some left over ribbon I had in my ribbon stash.

Although I made mistakes making the hoop pockets, they seem to give the shape I want under the dress I’m currently making. I’m not sure if this will continue after I finish the dress and put the full weight of the skirt with the trim on it over the pockets, but if they fail I have the instructions so I can make a new pair that will be stronger and not fail. 🙂

Thor Valkyrie Sketches- Headdress

A while ago I talked about making a Valkyrie costume inspired by the costumes used in the movie Thor.  I originally planned to make the costume for the Arizona Renaissance Festival this year, but after working on the costume, my ideas became more and more elaborate until it became impossible for me to complete the costume, wear it to the Renaissance festival, and be happy with the way it looks. So, I decided to not wear the costume to the festival this year. I will continue to make the costume, but not for a while.

I’m still planning on making a headdress inspired by the circlet crown used in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Ring Cycle staring Deborah Voigt as Brunhild. I’m planning on making the headdress out of wire and perhaps use some beads and jewels for decoration. Continue reading “Thor Valkyrie Sketches- Headdress”

Tudor Dress Foresleeves Progress

About two months ago I decided to work on my Tudor dress again. The next piece I had to work on was the “fore sleeves” or under sleeves as I like to think of them as. While I was working on the sleeves, my sewing machine broke so I was left to decide if I should wait until the machine was fixed or sew the whole thing by hand. After a week of no sewing, I became too stir crazy and ended up sewing both sleeves by hand. Continue reading “Tudor Dress Foresleeves Progress”

Valkyrie Progress

A while ago I talked about planning on making a Valkyrie costume similar to the ones seen in the movie Thor. Well, it looks like I will be making this costume and wearing it to the Arizona Renaissance Festival in 2013. For this reason, I’ll post some photos that show what I’m working on/planning to make…..

This is the green, crushed velvet dress I want to use as the base of the whole costume. I made it in 2010 when I didn’t know how to sew costumes very well so there were mistakes in it. Now that I’m way more advanced in sewing and costuming than I used to be, I fixed the mistakes, took in the sides, and made the front of the skirt open instead of closed. I didn’t cut the fabric, I just ripped the seams and took the extra fabric and sewed it onto the skirt so there would be an opening in the front….

So, that’s what the base of the costume will look like. Because I ‘m still planning and trying to decided what I want the rest of the costume to look like, I drew many pictures in order to decided what I like and don’t like in the costume. The following drawing is how I want the costume to look like right now…

The top is supposed to be a styled breastplate that is really a halter top. I wanted a halter top like that for many years now, but I couldn’t find any like it for sale. I finally gave up and decided to make one for myself.

The leggings I drew that go with the rest of the costume is a pair of leggings I already own but haven’t gotten the chance to wear. I plan on wearing them before the Renaissance Festival, but I want to wear them with the rest of this costume. ^_^

So, that’s about it for now with the Valkyrie progress. Hopefully I’ll get to start making everything soon so I don’t have to scramble the night before the festival like I did last year. 🙂

More Tudor Dress Progress

Well, a while ago I talked about making a Tudor dress from Simplicity pattern 2589. I’m happy to say that I have finished the outer gown and took photos of it on my dress from! I really like how it turned out and am very excited about finishing the whole costume.

Excuse the messy room in the photos. I’m afraid I still haven’t cleaned it up yet.

The whole gown with petticoat underneath….

Tudor dress red and black

Close up of the bodice top….

Thanks to my sewing machine breaking a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to sew finish the underskirt of the costume. (I’m NOT sewing that thing by hand) So instead I began to work on the under sleeves. I’m currently sewing ribbon onto the edge of the sleeves (The pattern wants bias tape sewn onto the edge of the sleeves, but I like the way the ribbon looks) and making the sleeves by hand sewing methods. It’s very time consuming, but it gives me something to do while I watch TV shows. (I find hand sewing and hand embroidery very relaxing)

This is as far as I got with the under sleeves….

tudor dress black and white

It might be a while before I can complete the whole costume, unless I use my mom’s sewing machine until my sewing machine can be fixed. ^_^

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2013 Tennative Costume

I’ve been attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival every year since 2010 and every year, I made a costume to wear there. The first costume I made and wore in 2010 was based off Eowyn’s “green” dress from the movie Lord of the Rings, Two Towers.

Back then I wasn’t very experienced in sewing without help with my mom and my mom thought I needed to try to make something myself with very little help from her, so when I made the costume it didn’t turn out just like Eowyn’s dress. It was similar, but not the way I imagined it.

After I wore it, I put it away so I could one day use the costume for scrap fabric or fix it so it would look the way I wanted it to. A few weeks ago, I took out the costume from storage and began to fix it up. I adjusted the skirt so it would be open in the front like Eowyn’s and I took in the sides as well. Since I made this costume back in 2010, I grew taller so the dress now hits my leg mid calf instead of at the top of my feet. Because it’s not as long as Eowyn’s dress, I decided to pros pone my goal of making an accurate dress until a later date and use the 2010 dress for a new, original costume for myself.

I’m planning on making the costume inspired by the clothes female characters wore in the movie Thor, such as Sif and Frigga.

Because they’re not on screen very much, I had to make do with costume concepts and my own imagination. My master plan is to make a costume that looks like something Sigyn (Loki’s wife in Nordic mythology) or a Valkyrie would wear. This includes making a circlet crown inspired by The Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Ring Cycle with Deborah Voigt as Brunhilde…

So, that’s the plan. Making the circlet scares me pretty badly because I’m more of a seamstress than a jewelry maker and working with metal isn’t my favorite thing to do. In spite of that, I still plan on making and wearing this costume to the festival in 2013. I’m optimistic I can finish at least the fabric parts of the costume by the end of this year, but my life has become more and more hectic over the past year so my time for sewing has been rapidly decreasing so the costumes and clothes I planned on wearing to an event don’t really get finished by that time. Still, I designed this costume to use sewing patterns I already own/worked with and used fabric I own/are currently on sale so I the only thing I have to study how to make is the circlet. 🙂

Tudor Dress Progress

So, I decided a while ago to make a Tudor dress. I’ve been wanting to make one for a while now, even bought the fabric to make it, but I just got around to sew it all together. The dress is made from Simplicity pattern 2589 with raspberry red/black taffeta. (Outside gown is made of taffeta only) The color scheme is red/black/gold, but I originally wanted it to be blue, green, or purple. I ended up going with the current color scheme because I liked the fabrics that were in these colors. They were too pretty not to use. Plus they were on sale. (50% and 60% off fabric!!! YAY!!!)

Anyway, here are some in-pictures of the dress….

Top of the bodice without the sleeves. Here’s the raspberry red/black taffeta I mentioned before. It has embroidery on the fabric and it really look pretty….

More taffeta, only this time it’s black and the designs are fuzzy velvet! This is going to be what the inner sleeves are going to be made out of. The lower part of the sleeves  might be made out of black velvet, but I’m not sure yet. I’m still doing research on Tudor dresses so we’ll see…

Underskirt front panel fabric. It’s upholstery fabric and is really heavy….

The top of the gown with the gold rhinestone trim. I debated over what to use for the trim because I like the way pearls look on these dresses, but I didn’t want them on my dress. So this is my way of getting the look of the pearls, but made them look the way I want it to….

I hope I can wear this dress at the Arizona Renaissance Festival 2013. There are many costumes I’m making (I’m currently up to three different costumes) that can be worn at the Festival, so I might have a hard time picking what costume to wear. 🙂 Still, progress on this costume is going faster than I thought it would so I hope one day soon I can get photos of me wearing the dress. YAY!!!! XD